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Organisation

TERM 1

GREEK LYRIC 1. POETS AND POEMS: QUESTIONS OF FORM, COORDINATES FOR INTERPRETATION

Week 1. Orientation; Sappho 1: 'One More Time’, an introduction to Sapphic poetics

Week 2. Sappho 2: distance and consolation

Week 3. Alcaeus: sympotic groups, poetry and politics, sympotic attitudes

Week 4. Stesichorus: myth, narrative, ornamentation, interpretability

Week 5. Archilochus, Ibycus, Anacreon: praise, blame, identities, subjectivities

Week 6. READING WEEK - NO LECTURES OR CLASSES

Week 7. Simonides and Bacchylides: lyric form, praise, history, contexts, reception (including Guest-Lecturing by Dr Theodora Hadjimichael)

Week 8. Pindar 1: myths and contexts (including discussion of Olympian 1 as case study)

Week 9. Pindar 2: voices and attitudes (including discussion of Nemean 8 as case study)

Week 10. Timotheus’ Persae and the New Music

 

TERM 2

GREEK LYRIC 2. LYRIC AND…: CONNECTIONS TO BROADER CRITICAL-THEORETICAL ISSUES

Week 1. Lyric and Desire: lack, loss, intensity, affect

Week 2. Lyric and Time: topicalities, transcendence, and ‘the lyric now’

Week 3. Lyric, Rhetoric, and Exemplarity: classical scholarship, the New Criticism, and Deconstruction

Week 4. Lyric and Fiction: ‘the lyric event’ and contemporary theory

Week 5. Lyric and Nature: the ethics of imagery

Week 6. READING WEEK - NO LECTURES OR CLASSES

Week 7. Lyric and Gender: Sappho revisited (again); skills workshop for extended essay-writing

Week 8. Lyric and Performance: literarity, anthropology, ritual

Week 9. Lyric and Sound: auditory aesthetics, rhythm, and music (focus on Sappho, Pindar, Timotheus; including Guest-Lecturing by Dr Theodora Hadjimichael)

Week 10. Lyric and Art: comparative interdisciplinarities (including relations with archaic and classical Greek material culture, and also coverage of lyric reception in Cy Twombly)

 

TERM 3

Week 1. Thematic Overviews in relation to close-reading

Week 2. Exam Preparation: close-reading techniques and resources

Week 3. Exam Preparation: practical close-reading workshops